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Supreme Court To Hear The Plea Seeking A Direction To Protect Kashmiri Students, Today

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| February 22 , 2019 , 13:32 IST

In the wake of the threats following Pulwama attack, the Supreme Court will hear the plea to protect Kashmiri students on Friday.

After the Pulwama attack on February 14, Kashmiris have been targeted across the country and a large number of them are Students. A CRPF helpline launched for the purpose has been getting 60 to 70 calls a day.

This is not the first time that Kashmiri students have been booked for sedition, threaten or expelled from colleges on the complains made by local students.

Allegedly, one Kashmiri dean was suspended from Dehradun College recently after Pulwama Attack.

Reportedly On Friday, 250-300 persons strong mob thronged Dehradun, chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, and demanded that colleges stop admitting Kashmiri students. By Saturday, the demands had changed. Now they wanted the ouster of all Kashmiris in city colleges as well.

It became a tough time for the Alpine College of Management and Technology. Along with its 340 odd Kashmiri students, the institute also employed a 27-year-old Kashmiri as the Dean.

"I realized how dangerous it was to be around here," said Abid Kuchay, the resident of Kulgam who had been teaching at Alpine for almost three terms now and held, until last week, the position of Dean, Academics. On Friday, a mob about 500 people stormed Alpine college. Similar incidents were reported from other colleges.

Kuchay also added "At first they wanted Kashmiri students out. When they found out the Dean was Kashmiri too, the mob started to get out of control. They demanded my immediate termination."

Despite the threats, students from Kashmir travel to other states to study. why? while the lack of adequate number and quality of colleges (and seats in them) is a reason.

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However, The Center launched the Prime minister’s special scholarship scheme in 2011 to encourage students from J &K to pursue higher education outside the state. The scholarship entails annual monetary support for tuition fee (between Rs 30,000 and Rs 3 lakh ),hostel fees (up to Rs 90000 and other expenses  ( up to Rs 10000) up to 5000 new scholarships (2,070 for general degree course , 2,830 for professional and technical courses  and 100 for medical courses ) are awarded every year . Around 20,000 Kashmiri students are believed to be studying in colleges in other states.